The White House confirmed Pope Francis and President Biden will a day before the G20 Leaders’ Summit on October 29th.

“They will discuss working together on efforts grounded in respect for fundamental human dignity, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, tackling the climate crisis and caring for the poor.”

The statement confirms recent speculation the two would likely meet since Biden would be in Rome for the occasion.

Apostolic Nuncio to the United States Archbishop Christophe Pierre said he was helping the Holy See prepare for Biden’s first presidential visit to the Vatican.

“It would be an anomaly if he did not meet the pope while in Rome, [especially since Biden is the first Catholic to be U.S. president in 58 years]”

The meeting with Biden will be a couple weeks after Pope Francis met privately with Nancy Pelosi while in Rome for the UN Climate Summit. Her Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco asked “all Catholics and others of goodwill” to join a prayer and fasting campaign for her “conversion,” because she supports legalized abortion.

Biden last visited the Vatican in 2016 for a medicine summit, and before that had his first meeting with Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

After his election, Pope Francis called Biden to congratulate him.

Pope Francis also sent Biden a congratulatory inauguration message, which you can read here.

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